The mid-range Pixel 6a’s under-display fingerprint sensor is having problems to no one’s surprise
The newly released Google Pixel 6a
When the Pixel 6a was released last week, many noticed a slight improvement in the mid-ranger’s under-display fingerprint sensor compared to the ones found on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro; the early word was that Google had used a new source for the Pixel 6a’s biometric reader. Even if that was the case, a major bug has been discovered. The fingerprint sensor on several Pixel 6a units will allow anyone, and we mean anyone, to unlock the device.
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He continued by saying, “The fingerprint sensor is inside the screen, just like on the regular Pixel 6. I scanned both of my thumbs so I can unlock my phone with either my right or left hand. However, my phone was laying flat on my desk and I decided to unlock it and accidentally used my index finger and pressed it on the little fingerprint icon on the lock screen. And it worked????”
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Another Redditor wrote that his wife was able to unlock his phone even though only his prints were registered on the device. And even though he only registered his thumbs on the handset, the other fingers unlocked the device. He stated, “Yeah, I had my wife try and she opened my phone in like three attempts. Only my thumbs are registered and I’ve got almost all other fingers to work, even with cleaning phone in between attempts. Both before and after applying screen protector.”
Even fingers not registered on the Pixel 6a are unlocking the device on several units
And another post, this one written by “Remunos_Redbeard,” says, “Tons of people reporting the issue, in tech articles and here in Reddit now that they’ve shipped. Widespread issue, unfortunately. I can unlock my friend’s 6a even though my fingerprint isn’t registered, and worried mine will do the same when it arrives. So, for now at least, stick with using a pin, password, or pattern to unlock. And definitely don’t use fingerprint for banking or payment apps.”